There are many ways to appreciate the beauty of winter! Whether that is sipping hot chocolate, enjoying a ski weekend or simply creating your very own snow angel, Coloradans acknowledge how lucky we are during the winter season. With the ethereal Rocky Mountains just over the canyon, adventure is always at our fingertips. This winter season let us help you create your very own winter wonderland by discovering festivals all around Colorado!
Breckenridge Ullr Fest
A festival dedicated to the God of Snow? Say no more. This small winter obsessed ski town pays tribute to Ullr, the Norse god of snow, with the hopes that he will bless this winter with record-breaking snowfall. Since 1963, Breckenridge has dedicated a week towards their Norwegian heritage by throwing on their Viking hats and embracing the winter spirit. This year get involved in the town scavenger hunt, experience multiple art installations and watch a winter film series screening! Take a trip down to Breckenridge on December 9th-19th to help the town “Pray for Snow”!
Estes Park Winter Festival
I mean, who doesn’t love some local beer and live music? The annual Estes Park Winter Festival encompasses the joy of winter in one weekend. On January 16th and 17th, escape your worries and enjoy this monumental and idyllic town. This family-friendly atmosphere provides an assortment of activities, including bounce houses and obstacle courses, silent disco and retail vendors. If you have a homemade chili recipe that is sure to impress, make sure to sign up for the Chili Cook-off sponsored by the Chili Appreciation Society International.
Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival
Throw on your ski boots and take a drive to Steamboat Springs to partake in the 108th Annual Winter Carnival! Hosted by Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, this gathering represents the community’s appreciation for athleticism and winter. Voted one of the Top Ten Winter Festivals by National Geographic, Steamboat Springs embraces their ski heritage by hosting various events showcasing their talented ski and snowboard community. Watch individuals flip and twist in the air as they show off their skills that make you wish you took an extra ski lesson or two! This 5-day festival from February 3rd-7th is the definition of a perfect winter wonderland.